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Just a pretty hillside along the road, with a lot to see. Here are the peaks of Mythen, with their stony faces. Also Fronalpstock, the mountain of Stoos ski resort. Various other peaks are barely visible in the haze and afternoon sun. But to the north west, there is Rigi.

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A: Schwyz

by Roland Herger, 1.4 km away

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B: Steinen Pfarrkirche Orgel

by Thomas Schwarz, 2.8 km away

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C: Mythen

by Roland Herger, 3.5 km away

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D: Longest foot suspension bridge in Europe in Sattel-Hochstuckli, Switzerland

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E: Brunnen boat landing

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 5.5 km away

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F: dusk in brunnen

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 5.6 km away

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G: Brunnen Fireworks

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 5.6 km away

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H: Brunnen sunset

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I: Stoos

by Marc Gruber, 6.0 km away

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J: Switzerland Brunnen Axenstrasse Wolfssprung

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